Gospel-Centered Worship (7 of 8) by Jonathan McLeod

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Gospel-Centered Worship (7 of 8)
Series: The Gospel-Centered Life
Jonathan McLeod

The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship." Jesus said to her, "Woman believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:19-24).

WHAT REALLY MATTERS ABOUT WORSHIP

When it comes to worship, many people are most concerned with secondary issues. What kind of songs should churches sing? What musical instruments should be played? What version of the Bible should be read? What style of clothes should be worn to church? (Of course, worship shouldn't be limited to Sunday morning gatherings.)

The Samaritan woman was concerned about a secondary issue. She asked Jesus about the correct location for worship (vv. 19-20). (The Samaritans believed that the proper place for worship was Mount Gerizim, but the Jews said it was Jerusalem.) But Jesus told her not to be concerned about the where of worship (v. 21). Instead, the whom and the how of worship are what really matter.

THE WHOM OF WORSHIP

We must "worship the Father" (v. 23). Jesus makes two statements about the Father in verses 23 and 24. First, the Father is "seeking" people to worship him (v. 23). Second, "God is spirit" (v. 24). Since God is spirit, we can worship him anywhere at any time.

"We were not created to worship, but rather we are created worshiping. Everyone worships all the time. Atheists, agnostics, Christians, and everyone in between are unceasing worshipers. Everyone, everywhere, all the t ...


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